Hardcore gamers are “truly insatiable,” says Reggie

Tuesday, 7th October 2008 07:26 GMT By Patrick Garratt


NoA boss Reggie Fils-Aime has expressed surprise at the fact game fans want to play games all the time. Came as a shock to us too, that.

“The gaming enthusiast that buys a tremendous amount of games is truly insatiable,” he said, speaking in a VentureBeat interview.

“As an example, in March, we launched Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In April, we launched Mario Kart. In later April, we launched Wii Fit.

“Then, in July, at E3, they say, ‘where are the games?’ They say they want the next Mario game. Super Mario Galaxy isn’t even a year old yet.”

The phrase “open goal” springs to mind. Read the full thing through the link.



  1. JesteR

    Maybe Nintendo should look at the other platform and see how many cool games are coming out this holiday season. And then look at Nintendo. Wii Music….. thats it….. Nintendo sucks. Don`t get me wrong. I love Nintendo but they are just too slow.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    His statement there’s a bit daft. There simply isn’t enough content to keep the “core” happy, by any stretch of the imagination. No third-party games, no happy hardcore.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Esha

    He’s right though, we are insatiable but that’s the monster that the industry has created by releasing too many games in the past.

    The best way to deal with this these days in my opinion is to release smaller games for a lesser price. Not necessarily episodic, just scale things back a bit so that more varied content can be cranked out.

    I think that the Insomniac devs caught onto this too, as Quest for Booty is an almost perfect example of what I’m talking about. The amount of content and the price were both perfect, and the same is true for WipeOut HD.

    I think the problem with Ninty is that they’re old fashioned, they’re still trying to design humongous games for the old ideal of the hardcore gamer, and in today’s market those don’t do so well because they’re completed just as quickly (almost, due to the fact that when games are bigger people usually put in more hours to see them finished and done, whereas smaller experiences are generally more savoured I think) but they take up so much more development time.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. morriss

    Football analogies, Pat? You’re slowly coming round! ;)

    Anyway, I wish I was hardcore.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Shatner

    The man’s a pro. Look at him go!

    He’s pitching it like he’s on the defensive and pleading to the consumer. In reality he’s just pimped 4 first party games and reminded anyone who hasn’t bought them that they should do so.

    If anyone’s been paying attention, ever since the close of the SNES era, Nintendo’s been moving further and further away from their core audience – relying on their franchises and IP and rolling out a new IP once in a blue moon. Fair play to them,

    But I don’t need some Marketing Man telling me that he’s trying to appeal to me whilst he’s eyeing up a load of soccermoms.


    #5 6 years ago
  6. morriss

    Joe six-packs and soccer moms: don’t you just want to break stuff.

    /plays more FPSs

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Esha

    Bah, someone beat me to highlighting the irony! But did it better than I could’ve anyway, I doff my hat to you morriss.

    As far as Nintendo is concerned… I don’t know, really. In many ways, Super Mario Galaxy felt like a return to core Mario, despite the gimmicks. I still think they do want to appeal to the hardcore, in their own, peculiar way. They’re just not sure how to please everyone, which they want to do. But… sorry Ninty, you can’t please everyone.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Shatner

    Following FPS-boy’s comments it’s notable that The Reg didn’t mention Metroid in his spiel.


    #8 6 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Well, they did sack everybody that worked on it.

    Oops. I mean “they left”. “Of their own accord”.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Soong

    Nintendo has successfully found a new audience, and is doing very well with this whole “blue ocean” thing, but is there really a need for condescending remarks like this about their old (‘hardcore’) audience?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. No_PUDding

    Ignorant twat.

    Never expect me to treat what he says with an ounce of respect.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    They’re not insatiable, they’d just like… something.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. morriss


    #13 6 years ago
  14. No_PUDding

    Real games.. I don’t even own a Wii and I am frustrated.

    We are insatiable but his company is not really providing for this audience.

    Anyway, many people called it, but Nintendo is the death of gaming, and I’m calling it now.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Panipal2005

    Has Reggie always been this big an arsehole?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Shatner

    He’s always been big.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. yupyup

    I just want more than a bit of action on my birthday Reggie, you tart.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. JPickford

    I think he genuinely doesn’t understand what the ‘core gamers’ are complaining about. Does he really think they’re after stuff like Wii Fit?

    The claim (at E3) that Animal Crossing was aimed at core gamers was funny enough.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. mightyhokie

    Bottom line is this: Nintendo can see that the Wii 2 will not sell NEAR as many units as the Wii. The hardcore gamers have no incentive because Nintendo doesn’t care about us or putting our kind of games out, and the casual gamers won’t care because why buy Wii 2 when Wii 1 will work for years.

    I think they have screwed the pooch by giving us crap graphics, non-story driven games, and everything and everything with Mario, Donkey, or Yoshi in it and nothing even remotely like Fable 2, BioShock, or even Viking!

    #19 6 years ago

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